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John Peacock AM

Chief Executive Officer

John PeacockJohn is one of Australia’s most experienced advisors to associations and charities and is a thought leader for the associations sector. He is a regular presenter, both nationally and internationally, on matters essential to the governance and operations of associations, charities and other mutual bodies.

Since 2000, John has trained and consulted to hundreds of associations and charities, large and small, on strategic planning, governance, Board effectiveness, operations, restructuring, financial issues and external reviews.

His particular areas of specialisation are mergers of associations and developing association plans that can be translated into actions, budgets and job descriptions.

John’s work with associations was recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List with his appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to the associations and not-for-profit sectors through a range of initiatives.

Fatima Sunderji

General Manager

In her role as General Manager, Fatima is responsible for overseeing a broad spectrum of activities for Associations Forum including partnerships and sponsorships, events, marketing, human resources, benchmarking projects, database and website development, member services and new projects.

Fatima was Associations Forum's first Manager when it was established in 2004 and oversaw membership, events and communications. She has also worked for Actuaries Institute and Primary English Teaching Association Australia and in the charity sector in Canada where she lived from 2011 to 2017.

Fatima holds a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Anthropology) from Macquarie University and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing.

Kelly Chan

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Kelly is involved in overseeing a broad spectrum of activities for Associations Forum including events, marketing, communications, human resources, database and website development, and member services.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies with a major in French Literature from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music. Kelly has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years with a focus on event and venue management, database maintenance, and member services. 

Lynn Liang

Finance & Administration Manager

As Finance & Administration Manager, Lynn is responsible for all business finances and accounting for Associations Forum. Her role includes the preparation of budgets, forecasts and financial statements.

Lynn holds a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of New South Wales and is a Member of CPA Australia. She has previously worked as a Senior FP&A Finance Analyst at Whirlpool Corporation and as an Accounts Assistant at Abound Land Student Service and Migration Centre.

Kathy Nguyen

Senior Associations Advisor

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Kathy works on consulting projects for Associations Forum clients, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific, on association structure, operations and governance. She has reviewed hundreds of constitutions, and regularly presents to organisations on membership, governance and events.

Kathy commenced at Associations Forum in 2004, leaving in 2010 to work at Governance Institute of Australia until 2013. She has also worked at Ernst & Young, the Trade Association Forum in London and for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Kathy holds Bachelors of Laws & Business.

Michael Bell

Senior Associations Advisor

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Michael is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Governance Institute and Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. He has worked in chartered accounting practices and the banking and finance industry holding General Manager roles in Finance, Strategy and Operations. More recently he has consulted in governance, financial control and risk management to a range of organisations.

He has been an active Committee Member in several Not for Profits and joined the board of Coeliac NSW&ACT before becoming President of Coeliac Australia in 2016. During his time as President he successfully transformed the organisation from a federated to a national company limited by guarantee. Michael brings a broad governance, finance, project management and risk perspective to his roles ensuring this works in a positive way to achieving strategic goals.

 

Andrew Gosbell PhD, GAICD, BAppSc

Associations Advisor

StephenAndrew is based in Melbourne and provides a range of advisory services for Associations Forum based on his broad experience in governance, change management, leadership development, government relations and policy development, risk management, strategic planning, negotiation and partnership development.

Andrew has over 15 years senior executive experience working in medical colleges and associations, including successful tenures as CEO of General Practice Registrars Australia and Deputy CEO at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. He has a track record of working collaboratively with volunteers, association members and office bearers, and professional staff to successfully deliver a range of strategic initiatives at both national and state levels. He has well-developed networks in the health and associations sectors. Andrew also has governance experience as a non-executive director and currently holds a number of Board and Committee positions in the NFP and tertiary-education sectors.

Bernard Rupasinghe

Associations Advisor

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Bernard has almost 20 year’s experience working in senior policy roles for member associations, representing registered health practitioners in Australia. He began his career in Employment Relations, including working as an advisor to Catholic School Employers in NSW and the ACT, and served as a Community Representative on the Nursing and Midwifery Council of NSW, an independent statutory body, from 2015 to 2018.

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Legislative Law from the Australian National University and a Master of Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney

Claire Hewat Dip Man, Dip Nut&Diet, BSc (Hons1)

Associations Advisor

StephenClaire has over 20 years’ experience in senior executive positions including two successful roles as a CEO at Dietitians Australia and Allied Health Professions Australia. Claire has also had substantial non-executive governance experience on four national and one international board. She has extensive experience in professional self-regulation and is currently chair of the Ethics Review Committee for an Australian allied health profession.
Claire has used her experience to provide support and mentoring to other NFP CEOs and boards in areas of governance, strategic planning, complaints and disciplinary processes, change management and more.

Bradley Shallies

Associations Advisor

Bradley Shallies

Bradley Shallies is a qualified solicitor (current practising certificate), and is a member of the ACT Law Society, Fellow of the Governance Institute Australia, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Institute of Community Directors.

He has worked in membership associations as a National Manager Legal & Governance Services, General Counsel and Company Secretary since 2016, after careers in both the Victorian and Commonwealth public sectors (Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet and justice portfolios).

More recently Bradley has provided consultancy, through his own company, to numerous associations regarding company secretarial services, general legal advice, governance, risk, and compliance, to a range of organisations. His passion is working with membership associations to advise and support transition to contemporary and compliant organisational structures and processes.

Tere Latimer

Membership Officer and Communications

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Tere works on the newsletters and formal communications sent out from Associations Forum. She is also part of the Membership team and involved in building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members.

Tere has worked in the not-for-profit sector as an association administrator and membership officer for over 15 years. She is currently the Vice President of an NFP with experience in board governance, member communications, events and advertising. Tere has also worked in the Film & Media education sector as a Registrar and General Manager, and dabbled in film production.

Ninon Ocker

Membership Officer

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Ninon's role as Membership Officer involves building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members, as well as assisting with Associations Forum’s member recruitment strategy.

Ninon holds a Bachelor in Tourism from Estácio de Sá University, Brazil, a Certificate IV in Business Management from Kent Institute of Business and Technology, Australia and a Certificate IV in Hospitality from The Hotel School UNSW, Australia. Ninon has extensive knowledge in project management, business administration, event management, marketing and coaching acquired in a number of roles both in Brazil and Australia.

Dianna Lew

Membership Officer

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Dianna's role as a Membership Officer involves building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members, as well as assisting with Associations Forum’s member recruitment strategy.

Dianna holds a double Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the United States. Prior to joining Associations Forum, Dianna has had extensive experience working as a US tax accountant and an operations specialist in different financial institutions across Hong Kong.

Abhinav Dagg

Membership Officer

Abhinav's role as Membership Officer involves building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members, as well as assisting with Associations Forum’s member recruitment strategy.

Abhinav holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree majoring in International Business from Macquarie University.

Anuroopa Venkatesh

Membership Officer

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Anuroopa’s role as Membership Officer involves building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members, as well as assisting with Associations Forum’s member recruitment strategy. 

Anuroopa holds a Bachelor in Law from Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore, India and is pursuing a Masters in International Relations at Macquarie University. She has experience working as paralegal in Australia and is currently undergoing legal assessments with the Law Society of NSW. 

Michael Summers

Membership Officer

Michael's role as Membership Officer involves building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members, as well as assisting with Associations Forum’s member recruitment strategy. 

Michael is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of New South Wales.

Jomol Robin

Events Manager

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As Events Manager, Jomol create event programs to inspire association professionals and give them practical tools to improve their association, industry and members.

Jomol holds a Masters in Communication with specialisation in Industrial and Organisational Communications and a Bachelor of Commerce with speciality in Computers, both from Bangalore University. Jomol has over 10 years of experience. She has worked as Public Relations Manager for Tech companies and Journalism & Communications Lecturer in the past.

Celine Zeng

Event Sponsorship Officer

Wendy

Celine’s role as Sponsorship Officer involves managing relationships and agreements with corporate partners and supporters of Associations Forum, coordinating event sponsorship, sourcing advertising, and managing exhibition and event logistics at the Associations Forum National Conference.

Celine holds a Master of Business from the University of Queensland, specialising in marketing and Information Systems and a Bacherlor of Business Administration from the University of of International Business and Economics in China. She has a background in customer service, working with AirChina for over 6 years.

Angela Chhour

Administration & Finance Officer

As Associations Forum’s Administrative and Finance Officer, Angela assists with finances and database management and is responsible for office administration and processing all event registrations.

Angela holds a Bachelors of Commerce majoring in Accounting from Australian Catholic University.

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